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Members of the Chattanooga Boys Choir and Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African-American Song will join voices Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9, for their 28th Simmons-O'Neal Memorial Concert in First-Centenary United Methodist Church.

This annual concert honors two revered Chattanooga music educators who were previous directors of the groups.

Edmonia Simmons, a public school music teacher in the former Chattanooga City Schools system, was a founding director of the Choral Society. Everett O'Neal, longtime CBC director, was a public school music teacher and supervisor. The two were close friends and contributed to the development of music and music education throughout Chattanooga.

If you go

› What: Simmons-O’Neal Memorial Concert

› Where: First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave.

› When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9

› Admission: Free

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Among their musical selections, the CBC choristers will perform "Song of Myself" by John Michael Trotta, "The Heavens Declare the Glory of God" by Michael Burkhart, a barbershop arrangement of "Over the Rainbow" and the traditional Sotho song "Mangwani Mpulele."

The Choral Society and the Boys Choir will combine to close the program with Andrea Ramsey's anthem "I Lift My Voice" and Richard Smallwood's "Total Praise."

Admission is free, however an offering will be collected. Proceeds from that collection will be divided between the two choirs' scholarship funds.

This program is presented as part of the annual performance series offered by the Chattanooga Music Club.


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